CSO-Government dialogue: Towards policy reforms on reducing the use of plastic bags
The project will tackle the issue of uncontrolled and imprudent usage of plastic (PE) shopping bags and contamination of the environment with plastic trash. There are almost no recycling and waste reduction practices in Armenia, therefore the PE/plastic waste appears in substandard landfills, and often exposed to an open-air burning at the dumpsites, emitting extremely hazardous dioxins and furans that are prohibited by Stockholm Convention. The importance of reduction of usage of PE bags is recognized by the society and all the stakeholders, however they have different, often conflicting interests on this issue. Fragmented activities that have been carried out previously have not proved to be effective, neither produced desired result. Therefore, it was decided to address the problem in the view of a participatory and consistent approach, taking into consideration the interests of all parties. In particular, the project is planning to organize a series of measures through policy dialogue of various formats to achieve a consensus regarding feasible solution(s) to the problem and make relevant recommendations to the decision makers for advocating legal/regulatory solutions for reducing plastic waste.
“Local Democracy Agency” Foundation
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Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Along with legislative, environmental, business feasibility studies and public awareness activities, the project envisages a component which will create an opportunity for vulnerable woman-led households to generate income by making multi-use shopping bags and promoting them as an environmentally friendly alternative for substituting plastic shopping bags. This activity will not only create an alternative source of income for these groups, but will also become a catalyst for behavior change and environmental consciousness.
Capacity - Building Component
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Number of CBOs / NGOs participated / involved in SGP project 50
Number of national policies informed in POPs focal area 1
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